Who We Are

The Building Industry Association’s y|GEN is an organization focused on fostering the professional growth and enhancing the cohesiveness of the young professionals in the San Diego home building industry, with the goal of encouraging its members to become active and remain engaged in the BIA, and its leadership opportunities throughout their careers.

Connect with y|GEN

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y|GEN Events

All y|GEN events are free to y|GEN members and include lunch and learns, building tours, mentor program, and happy hours. Click here for a list of scheduled events.

Check out some of the great photos from the events!


y|GEN Board Meeting Dates

Meetings begin at 8:00 a.m. at the BIA office on the 4th Tuesday of each month

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y|GEN Board Members

Gary Christensen (Chair)Motivational Systems, Inc.
Michaela Schroeder (Vice Chair)Sunrise Management
Melissa Stern (Secretary/Treasurer)C&S Companies
Taylor Baumann (Past Chair)Kimball, Tirey, & St. John
Jon ArenzLatitude 33 Planning & Engineering
Justin BarrettPasco Laret Suiter & Associates
Daniel BertaoConAm
Stephan GasparKirE Builders
Steven HorowitzKirE Builders
Adam HutchinsonKirE Builders
Kelly LieuEi Companies
Marco Meza-RuizToll Brothers
Josh SchroederSB&O, Inc.
Kenji ThomasThe Dinerstein Companies
Estee WilliamsonEi Companies

y|GEN Board Members at Large

Martin JonesFuscoe Engineering
Jason SantosPasco Laret Suiter & Associates
Brent TaylorTaylor Trim & Supply

Interested in getting more involved in y|GEN? Apply to be on the y|GEN board for 2020.  Fill out the application below and return to Zoe Rashid by September 27th to be eligible.

y|GEN Board Application

y|GEN Student Membership

y|GEN is pleased to announce FREE memberships for local students! Any current college student in the San Diego area is welcome to join our y|GEN group and attend all y|GEN events at no cost. This will also allow you to participate in the mentorship program and be paired with a seasoned industry professional. To sign up please complete the form below and return to Zoe Rashid.

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Mentor Program

The y|GEN Mentor program gives the young leaders in our industry the opportunity to be be paired with and learn from a seasoned industry professional. Our Mid-Year Mentor Program is now closed.  An opportunity to sign up for a mentor will be available in January 2020.